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So Close the Hand of Death (Taylor Jackson #6)

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It’s a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he’s got helpers.

As The Pretender’s disciples perpetrate their sick homages – st
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Elaine Tomasso
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pretender is back and moving in to his end game with a few well chosen disciples. If you are a new reader to the series don't worry as the relevant back story is explained and it helps us series readers refresh our memories. This is a fast paced action filled read which will keep you engrossed. I felt, after I'd finished it that some things weren't really explained and that it was all highly improbable but I was too caught up in the plot at the time to notice. What more could you want from a ...more
Ryan
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
I've somehow gotten myself into a habit of agreeing to review a book without bothering to find out it's actually part of a series. Not only that, but they are tending to be books that occur well into the series and not at the beginning. So Close the Hand of Death is now the third book that I've read recently that fits into that category. It's the sixth book in the Taylor Jackson series, which is now a series I will have to start at the beginning of.

I'm going to assume that much like Love Me to D
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Jane
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson may finally get her wish. A serial killer who goes by the moniker the Pretender has been stalking her for years. The Pretender has stepped up his game by directly attacking a friend and colleague while dispatching others to cities like Boston and New York to duplicate murders done by other famous serial killers. As usual, Taylor's love interest, FBI agent John Baldwin is on hand to help with the investigation (though he is keeping a professional setba ...more
Sarina Morrhaye
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2017
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Dotti Elrick
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death takes place shortly after the events of the last book, The Immortals. Taylor is still not in her right mind after shooting and killing the teenager who was responsible for the deaths of eight other teenagers.
Her friend, father figure and fellow officer Fitz, has just been found wandering down a road in North Carolina after being taken by Taylor's personal nemisis, The Pretender.
Baldwin her fiancee and and an agent with the FBI, and Taylor head to pick up Fitz and bring
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Victoria
Wow - this is the Taylor Jackson book that I have been waiting for since 14 concluded! This sixth book in the series opens up with a lot of action - the final showdown with the Pretender is on the rise! The book’s pacing is so fast that it almost blurs by - there’s a high body count and a nationwide series of murders. Taylor ventures out from the (relative) safety of Nashville and Baldwin continues to avoid coming clean about his past with her.

The final two hundred pages of this book move so qui
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Wendy-Lynn
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison is the sixth Taylor Jackson mystery. Because I have not read all of these books, I was a bit confused as to the different character subplots. However, the suspense was awesome. Ms. Ellison brings back three serial killers to this installment. All are playing a cat and mouse game and want Taylor Jackson to "play." Across the country murders are happening in different states, but all of them are connected in some way. Working against the clock, Ms. Jackso ...more
Saturnus
I över ett år har Nashvilles polis kommisarie Taylor Jackson väntat på att hennes största fiende Tronföljaren ska slå till.
Nu är tiden inne.

Tre nya immatörer, såsom Tronföljaren själv, som kopierade seriemördaren Snövit, har uppstått.
Bostonstryparen, Zodiakmördaren och Son of sam är nu i full gång med att mörda folk.
Taylor förstår direkt vem som lärt upp dom.
För att kunna stoppa alla mördare måste hon hitta Tronföljaren.
Och att Tronföljaren har siktet inställt på henne är till ingen hjälp.
F
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Jenn
I have to learn to read books in the order they were published. My fault completely. And this series refers back to previous books quite often. I also wasn't a big fan of the relationship between Taylor and Baldwin. Can't quite put my finger on why, and maybe it was the secrets kept, but something isn't healthy in that one.
Naomi Blackburn
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.T. Ellison simply gets better with each book she writes. I loved this book..it was not as twisted as some of her other ones, but was still incredibly engrossing and warped. I love it when a fellow sister can be this twisted!!!
Linda
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my brain candy binge........
Megan Caldwell
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow! This is my sixth book I've read by Ellison, and I still cannot prepare myself for the insane ride I go on emotionally with each book. I always know I'm in for a thrilling read, but I can't ever know what to expect. I can't wait for Where All the Dead Lie! At least I still have the Samantha Owens series until then! I'm sure Ellison won't disappoint there either! I 100% recommend this book, and any other with the name Ellison on it!
TELM
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Honestly, my favorite part of this book was the reference to all the famous serial killers. I was a little surprised, I say little by who ended up being The Pretender, but only a little. This author tends to hint at things a little too much so you figure them out quickly. The ending of this book was traumatic. I'm still a little sad just thinking about it. I don't know what it is but I just can't seem to get into this author's style like I can others.
Joe O'Connor
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; Continuing characters: Taylor Jackson and John Baldwin; the Pretender is going after Taylor's friends while orchestrating the work of various apprentices, leading to a final showdown
Kate
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
William
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this the quick kills at the onset where almost to fast to understand what was going on. The story pics up and i enjoyed it.
Suze
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH

Love this series, everyone of the Taylor Jackson books is a page turner. Complex stories, a lot of action and great characters.
Peter Fiske
Best one yet.
Lindsay
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible book. Best one yet, I've read all the Samantha Owens books and #1-6 of Taylor Jackson and this one was my favorite!
Sarah atkins
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damon good book!

A really good read. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Anyone who likes murder mysteries will love this. Can't wait to read another.
Debbie
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death
J T Ellison
Mira
408 pages
So Close the Hand of Death is the 6th in the Taylor Jackson series.
Taylor Jackson get’s word from her fiancé John Baldwin that her fellow team member and father figure Fitz has been found, alive as she’s spiriting her way to him there is a macabre crime spree going on all across the country and Taylor fears that The Pretender is back that diabolical serial killer that mimics other serial killers and was the student of The Snow White Killer, he’s
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Lori
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
The Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer, and the Son of Sam are all back. OK, well maybe not technically, but someone is out there killing in the same gruesome fashion as these notorious serial killers. With the murders happening across the nation it soon becomes apparent that they can-not possibly be the work of one killer, that there is a greater evil out there. An evil all to familiar to Taylor Jackson. The Pretender has returned.

With this book taking place immediately after The Immortals end
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Cheryl
Dec 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH by J.T. Ellison
Published by Harlequin Mira Books
ISBN 9780778329435
I received an ARC-EBook Bound galley Edition from NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from NetGalley): TALENT BORROWS. GENIUS STEALS. EVIL DELEGATES.
It’s a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicid
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Michelle
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death is the sixth book in the Taylor Jackson series by J T Ellison and a Thriller from Mira.

Book Blurb:

It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back. And he's got helpers.

As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homages - s
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Rhonda
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

review I can tell thier were other books in the series before this but I did not feel lost at all.Taylor is homacide LT. in Nashville. Dr. Baldwin works with FbI profiling they are engaged. A serail killer called Pretender is focused on Taylor and wants to play with her. Pretender has helpers he is training they are killing in LA, Boston, NY following different killers mo. He has made all these big plans to draw taylor into. the start of the book he has kidnapped her sargent and took his eyebal
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Joc
This is only the second book I have read in the series. I started with 14. I enjoy books with dark twisty psychological aspects to them and although this book is not the direct sequel to 14, it seemed to be the next one with the Pretender. I probably should have read The Immortals because this book started with action already in motion. Something very gruesome happens and we are off on a chase from the get.

I would have given this book a 5 star rating but after an excellent twisty beginning I lo
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Kathi Kelley
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly an edge-of-your-seat, white-knuckle read! The Pretender, the serial killer who has been stalking Taylor in the background, has launched an all out campaign against her. He and his "team" of apprentice killers start to attack those closest to Taylor, her co-workers and friends before putting an end to Taylor's life.

This book takes place immediately after The Immortals ends. There is no time for Taylor to deal with the emotional, mental and physical after effects of having bee
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Joe Young
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story that chronicles the four year struggle between a Nashville Amazon police lieutenant and a psycho serial killer who targeted her and her close friends and family for an imagined slight when she laughed at him when he asked her to dinner after she pulled him over following a police shooting on the Freeway. Police Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her fiance Dr. John Baldwin, an FBI Psychiatrist, worked together to try and stop this serial killer. This twisting story follows the multip ...more
Mona
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, nail-biter
You may remember when I reviewed Ellison’s The Immortals back in October. Well, this is the next installment in the Taylor Jackson series and it’s just as spine tingling.

Taylor is still a target for The Pretender, a serial killer who’s obsessed with her. She’s still stressed out after having killed a teenage murderer and she knows she’s not as sharp and observant as she needs to be. But there’s just so much going on in her life that it’s hard to take it all in, much less make sense of it.

When
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Joemmama
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pretender, a serial killer is back, and this time he has help. Across the country murders are being carried out by persons unknown.Taylor Jackson, Nashville homicide detective, is being taunted by the message "Let's Play". Her friends and family are in danger, so she wants to work alone.

A blogger is seeing the overview, as she writes her true crime blog. Colleen is the widow of a fallen police officer, working with police departments all over the country. As Taylor is in the midst of a horro
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